Knowledge Base

Synchronous Machine Theory: New GENQEC Model

PowerWorld Director of Software Development gave a presentation at the WECC MVWG meeting in Salt Lake City on November 21, 2019. This presentations gives a very detailed theoretical look at where the synchronous machine numerical model comes from. Synchronous Machines Theory The presentation was given to provide background on where the need for a new […]

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November 20, 2019

Applying Updates to Hardware Licenses

To perform the following instructions, you will need a .V2C file provided by PowerWorld. Once you have completed the following instructions, your hardware key will unlock Simulator or Retriever with the updated features. Locate the machine that hosts the hardware key. Simulator or Retriever must be installed on this machine to complete the process. Start […]

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July 23, 2018

Distributed Computing Setup

Distributed Computation Configuration To quickly check the configuration of a given machine, use the Distributed Computation Configuration utility (DistCompCfg.exe in the installation directory of the Simulator version you would like to configure for Distributed use). If a step is not configured correctly, the checkbox will not be marked. All machines involved in a Distributed Computing […]

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September 14, 2017

Using Contingency Categories for monitoring of different voltage deviation limits for different contingencies

Previous knowledge base articles have covered both Monitoring voltages for Post Contingency Voltage Drop Criteria Monitoring which covered how to monitor all buses in the system for a particular voltage drop. How to specify different Voltage Deviation Limits for different buses in Contingency Analysis which did a similar thing but allowed the criteria to be […]

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September 30, 2015

Remote License Troubleshooting

If you are trying to start Simulator or Retriever using a remote license but the hardware key is not detected, you may need to manually point to the hardware key’s location on the network. To configure where your machine goes to look for remote license keys, make sure to run the full Simulator or Retriever installation […]

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June 10, 2013

Video Capture

PowerWorld Simulator does not include a built-in tool for video capture or movie making. Commercial and freeware tools are available from other sources to capture video from PowerWorld Simulator, Retriever, and any other desktop applications. Current offerings may be found here, or by simply searching online for video capture software.

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February 21, 2013

How do the key fields and required fields for aux files and copy/paste from Excel work?

Each object type in Simulator (i.e. Loads, Generators, Buses, etc…) has a number of key fields and additional required fields.  Key fields are fields that must be included for existing records when pasting data into Simulator from a spreadsheet application such as MS Excel or when loading information from an aux file.  Required fields are fields that must be specified (in addition […]

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July 5, 2012

Can I solve a Real-Time power flow in Retriever?

Yes.  The data that is imported from the real-time sources can be substituted for the underlying system data to solve a real-time power flow in Retriever, provided that: a complete system model with all required object fields necessary to run a power flow solution is provided (see case validation), and the underlying model fields (when […]

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July 5, 2012